Summary of astronomical events of the year 2018

astronomical year 2018

The year 2018 has started a week and two days ago and is loaded with different astronomical events that you cannot miss. From falling star showers to eclipses.

Do you want to know what events await us throughout the year?

Moon-related events

lunar eclipse

The closest point of the Moon to Earth it's called perigee. This past January 2, the moon was in Perigee. Given the current position of the moon, we will be able to enjoy another full moon within the month on January 31. This event that does not occur frequently is called Blue Moon, although the color is not observed. In addition, a total lunar eclipse will take place, but it will not be visible in Spain. If you want to see this phenomenon you have to travel to North America and Australia.

Other total lunar eclipse can be enjoyed on July 27 and it will be more impressive than the previous one, since the Moon can be seen in a reddish tone. This eclipse can be observed in Spain and the best area will be in the Balearic Islands, having the maximum of the eclipse at 22:21 p.m. (peninsular time).

Events related to the Sun

partial solar eclipse

  • On January 3, the Earth was placed at the closest point with respect to the Sun, placing only 147 million kilometers.
  • On February 15, a partial solar eclipse will take place, although it will not be visible in Spain. It will only be visible in Antarctica and South America.
  • On July 6, the Earth will be located at the farthest point from the Sun 152 million kilometers.
  • Another partial solar eclipse is scheduled for July 13, but it will not be visible in Spain either, only in Antarctica and southern Australia.
  • On August 11 there will be a partial solar eclipse that can only be seen from Greenland and the extreme north of Canada, Europe and northern Asia.

Starfall events

The meteor shower events are differentiated into two: the weakest and the strongest. Let's first look at the compilation of fainter shooting star events and the date they will take place.

Weaker falling starfall

taurids and leonids

taurids and leonids

  • In the month of February we will have two minor meteor shower events known as alpha-centáurides and delta-leonids. The first will take place on February 8 and the second on 24.
  • In March we can enjoy two other minor rains called Gamma-Normids and Virginids. They will take place on the 13th and the 25th, respectively.
  • In April we will be able to see in the sky the little-known meteor showers called lyrical and pi-puffy, happening on April 22 and 24.
  • On May 20 you can see the Sagittarids. These are weak meteors.
  • On June 27 the shooting stars called booties, being also little known.
  • July will be a month where numerous shooting star events will take place, although not as relevant as the Perseids in August. We start the month with Pegasids On July 10, we will continue with the Phoenicides on July 13, we will continue with Austrinid Pisces and southern delta-aquarids on July 28 and, to end the month, the alpha-capricorns on the 30th.
  • In August we will also have other weak meteor events known as the southern iota-aquarids (4 of August), the northern delta-aquarids (8 of August), the kappa-cynids (18 August) and the northern iota-aquarids (20 August).
  • In September we will have several showers of weak falling stars spread throughout the month. On September 1 we will have the alpha-aurigid, the 9 the delta-aurigid and the piscid the 20.
  • October also has some weak meteor showers known as the draconids (October 8), lace epsilon-geminids (18 of October) and the orionids (21 of October).
  • November has four weaker showers of stars spread throughout the month. They are known as south taurids, north taurids, leonids and alpha-monocerotids. They will occur on days 5, 12, 17 and 21, respectively.
  • To close the year in the month of December, the chi-orionids (December 2), Phoenicides (December 6), the puppids / vélidas (December 7), monocerotids (9th of December), the sigma-hydrids (December 12), eat them aubergines (20th of December) and the ursids (December 22th). These rains may not be so visible, since in the month of December there is more cloudiness.

Stronger Falling Stars

chased

chased

Three most famous Meteor Showers will take place throughout the year. These events may be more accentuated and are known by many fans of astronomy (and those who are not). These events are:

  • The eta aquarids. They are known to be associated with the famous Halley's Comet. It is a meteor shower with an activity of 60 meteors per hour and can be viewed on May 6.
  • In August it will take place the famous perseids or tears of San Lorenzo. They are showers of up to 100 meteors per hour and will have their maximum on August 13.
  • In December the most spectacular shower of shooting stars of the year will occur, the Geminids. Its maximum will happen on December 14 and the activity will arrive up to 120 meteors per hour.

With this information, you have no excuse to miss all the astronomical events that will take place throughout this year. Enjoy them!


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